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Speed cut plea as Chelford road is hit by pile-up

The A537 Chelford Road, which runs from the town centre through Henbury village to Chelford, was the scene of a three-car smash last Tuesday.

Worried residents are calling for a speed cut at an accident blackspot after a serious crash.

The A537 Chelford Road, which runs from the town centre through Henbury village to Chelford, was the scene of a three-car smash last Tuesday.

Two people had to be cut free by firefighters and a 52-year-old man was taken to Macclesfield Hospital with a suspected broken hip.

Several parked cars including a Ford Fusion and MR2 Roadster were also damaged while the window of a nearby house was smashed by a piece of flying debris.

The road was closed for more than two hours. Residents say this is the second crash at the same spot in just over a year, and are calling for a lower speed limit.

Jackie Booth, who has lived on Chelford Road for 35 years, said: "There have been three occasions when vehicles would have landed in my lounge had I not had a strong earth banking in front of my property.

"The residents next door to me in Pleasant View Cottages have not been so lucky.

"Twice in a year their property and parked cars have been damaged by collisions."

Householders in the area are calling for the limit to be reduced from the current 40mph to 30mph which they say reflects the residential nature of the area and will minimise the impact of an accident.

Jackie added: "If the speed limit was reduced through Henbury village the collective impact from a head-on collision would obviously be reduced.

"I am requesting that anyone concerned about the safety of people’s lives do something to help.

"I would ask people to support my campaign by contacting the council, their MP, writing to the press or collecting signatures for a petition."

Councillor Rod Menlove said: "This stretch of road has witnessed two collisions that have resulted in personal injury in the past five years. Fortunately, the injuries sustained were not life threatening and I hope the drivers involved in the latest incident make a speedy recovery.

"All accidents are regrettable and the Council is making considerable progress improving road safety across Cheshire East."

 
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